France bans BPA baby bottles

In early April, this blog reported news that France was set to vote to ban BPA in baby feeding bottles. The vote has now taken place within the National Assembly, and has resulted in a unanimous vote in favour of a ban on BPA, and is expected to come into force by the end of June.

BPA could affect male hormone levels

A new US research study has concluded that bisphenol A (BPA) could be responsible for changing hormone levels in men. The paper, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, said BPA was detected in 89 per cent of urine samples and that men with higher urine BPA concentrations had follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and lower levels of inhibin B, both of which have been associated with poorer sperm quality.

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To Ban BPA, or Not to BPA - That is the Question

If you ask this question to some of the major business companies representing the US food industry, then their answer would be a resounding No! Indeed, together with the US business of commerce, they have stated that they will not support the long-awaited food safety legislation if an amendment to ban BPA remains in place. But perhaps US politicians will remain firmly on course in their fight against toxic chemicals. Late last month Senator Frank R.

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Even The Simpsons Seem to be Fuelling the Concern About Plastics and BPA!

When you think of iconic cartoon series, The Simpsons, many things probably come to mind. For example, the hilarious catchphrases like “D’oh” from Homer, “Cowabunga!” from young Bart and “Okily Dokily!” from Ned Flanders.

You might also think that The Simpsons over the years has cleverly contained hidden political messages such as corruption in politics, unnecessary tax hikes, not listening to the people, propaganda, and even more dodgy deeds in politics.

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Further Research into the Dangers of BPA and Phthalates

We would like to highlight some latest research that we've come across into the harmful effects of BPA and Phthalates.

The latest posting on the Healthy Child Healthy World Blog summarizes research from Yale University which points to the potential carcinogenic effect of BPA found in a female fetus.

Further the scientific journal, Immunology, reports how phthalates may cause a type of allergy known as contact hypersensitivity when tested in mice.

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BPA banned in Washington & Wisconsin

Two weeks ago we wrote about the FDA's shift in position over BPA. Weeks later two states have approved measures to ban BPA becoming the third and fourth states in the US to do so.

On January 25th Washington's House of Representatives passed a bill to ban of the use of BPA in food and drink containers intended for children under the age of 3. This is due to be effective on July 1, 2011.

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FDA's shift in positon over BPA

Read more from the New York Times about the US FDA's major shift in positon over BPA. The agency announced last Friday that it had “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children,” and would join other federal health agencies in studying the chemical in both animals and humans.

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First U.S. Ban on BPA from New Year

As of 1st January 2010 Minnesota manufacturers and wholesalers are prohibited from selling baby bottles and sippy cups for use by children 3 and younger, that contain the chemical BPA (Bisphenol-A). Retailers will be prohibited from selling such children’s products with BPA from 1st January 2011.

In the USA - Chicago, Connecticut , Suffolk County NY have also agreed to ban BPA.

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Canada to host WHO meeting on BPA in 2010

Canada will host a World Health Organization meeting of scientific experts in October 2010 to discuss BPA (bisphenol A) - the hormone-disrupting chemical. Canada became the first country to add BPA to its toxic substance list in 2008 and subsequently banned its use in baby bottles.

The meeting will also discuss the use of BPA in food packaging. BPA is used to make a hard, clear plastic (polycarbonate), which is used in many consumer products. Bisphenol A is also found in epoxy resins, which act as a protective lining on the inside of metal-based food and beverage cans.

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First BPA Detection In U.S. Infant Cord Blood

Please see the following press release from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in the USA - confirming the detection of BPA in cord blood for the first time This proves that foetuses are exposed to BPA in the womb which is of course of great concern.

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